Take God's Hand
Take God's hand and wait. Waiting is sometimes inevitable but as long as you're holding God's hand, you'll never be waiting alone.
It's easy to let go of God's unchanging hand sometimes. Isn't it ironic that His hand doesn't change but ours does? We switch up on Him when things don't go right or we feel we're not getting our way. We let go of His hand quicker than a child lets go of their parents once they arrive at the park. It was perfectly alright to hold onto Him when all was going well, when our plans were coming into action, but as soon as things take a turn or unexpected things happen, we let go! The irony of letting go and running away from the ONE we need most while we're enduring our hardest seasons.
Waiting on God tests our patience. It shows us our motives and what's in our hearts. Do we love Him and trust Him like we proclaim or do we make those declarations because they sound good? Are we waiting without complaining believing the lesson will quickly end if we stay quiet, or do we seek Him to find out the lesson in the season we're in? We desire for the 'test' to be over and done with so we can go back to our schedules but when the test is rushed, we can't be prepared for the bigger exam. Aside from the patience, in what other areas is God trying to strengthen us? What areas have we lacked growth? What situations and circumstances is He trying to prepare us for?
"And not only this, but [with joy] let us exult in our sufferings and rejoice in our hardships, knowing that hardship (distress, pressure, trouble) produces patient endurance; and endurance, proven character (spiritual maturity); and proven character, hope and confident assurance [of eternal salvation]. Such hope [in God's promises] never disappoint us, because God's love has been abundantly poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us."
If God doesn't answer you in the way you expected or not at all, will you still take His hand? Will I? I can say this is an area I've struggled with and I do not like that I do this! It's not all the time but it's enough for me to notice the pattern. My faith is strong and big in certain areas where others, it's so weak. But if I'm believing and trusting God to work all things out for my good, my faith should be equally strong in every area of my life, right? Since this pandemic and quarantine, have you held onto God's hand for dear life or did you let it go only to go back and grab it again? If you've held on for dear life, I salute you! If you chose to let go but grabbed it again, I'm so proud of you for returning home! If you have yet to take hold again, I want to encourage you someway and somehow. I want you to think of your darkest times, your hardest seasons and think how God still provided and made a way for you when there was no way in the natural. I want you to remember the times you badly wanted to quit but there was something in you that just wouldn't let you. That was God! When you felt like you were barely holding and getting by, you still found a reason to smile and get through another day. That was God!i Know that God is still there waiting for you to take His hand again. He still loves you. He still cares about you and everything you go through.
My son is only 4 years old but he has A M A Z I N G childlike faith....that's my desire!!